Friday night we broke down and bought a baby gate. After work we went to Champaign to check out Toys R Us and walked out with a baby gate and a number of other cool things Mommy didn’t think Reagan could live without!
Side note: On some level it was probably a good thing I was on bedrest while pregnant with Reagan. If not, I probably would have bought way too much stuff!! It’s much more fun to shop for baby stuff in person than online!
Toys R Us had a really nice selection of baby gates and after going back and forth between a few different types, we ended up going with the Munchkin Deco Gate. We liked it because it could be used in front of stairs (what we would be using it for) and could be installed using either the pressure mounts or screws.
Sunday evening James (with a little help from Reagan) installed the gate in front of the stairs going downstairs. The stairs are right off the kitchen and there is no door anywhere near this area that could be used to block it from Reagan. Our living room, dining room, and kitchen are all wide open and this extends to the stairs!
After we got the gate up, we let Reagan check it out and she seemed to really like it! I guess it’s fun now because she doesn’t realize there’s a whole other part of the house downstairs for her to explore!
This will probably be the only baby gate we put up since both James and I are of the mindset that Reagan should be allowed to explore and check things out, especially at home. Yet, this gate was a necessity because Reagan is starting to crawl and explore the area close to the stairs and there is no other way to block them from her. And the bonus? The color scheme of the gate actually matches all the woodwork in the house! 🙂